Read 800+ Thanksgiving Books Free at the Internet Archive

Read 800+ Thanksgiving Books Free at the Internet Archive

On Thanksgiving Day, Americans make the (sometimes cumbersome) effort to gather for a hugely traditional meal and for many a now equally traditional viewing of TV football. But even when stretched to their maximum length, these activities only take up so many hours. What to do with the rest of the day? You can consider going over to the internet archive and filling it with some holiday appropriate reading. Last year the site’s librarian Brewster Kahle tweeted a suggestion to “check out 700 Thanksgiving books! (from lovely to dated to a little weird)” in their online collection, a collection that has since grown to more than 800 digitized volumes.

There, especially if you sort by popularity, you will find a wealth of Thanksgiving-themed children’s books, from Wendi Silvano’s Turkey problems and Mark Fearing’s The Great Thanksgiving Escape to Charles Schulz’s And Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Norman Bridwells Clifford’s Thanksgiving visit (whose titular big red dog appears at this moment in his own big movie).

But there are also selections for adult readers. Take, for example, Laurie Collier Hillstroms The Thanksgiving Book: A Companion to the Feast that covers its history, history, traditions, food, and symbols, including primary sources, poems, prayers, songs, hymns, and recipes: Supplemented with a chronology, bibliography of sites, and indexes The length of the title contradicts its publication in not the 19th century, but 2008.

Or maybe you prefer to accompany the digestion of your Thanksgiving party with a work of fiction that suits the holiday. In that case, include your choices Thanksgiving Night of literary examiner in modern family life Richard Bausch; Grateful in Death of the murderous-thriller-powerhouse JD Robb (alter-ego of the prolific novelist Nora Roberts); and even Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor,” compiled in one volume along with his stories “A Christmas Memory” and “One Christmas.” The latest book will give you a head start on the rest of the upcoming holiday season, no matter where in the world you live. And if it happens to be Canada, you can give your kids a head start on next year’s Canadian Thanksgiving while you’re running. Go into the collection here.

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. His projects include the book The Stateless City: A Walk Through 21st Century Los Angeles and the video series The city in the cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.


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